Everyone wants to know how much their mayor and councillor are paid, but it can be complicated for taxpayers to figure out – until now.

To make it easier to sort out how much 91 politicians across 13 local jurisdictions in the capital region – more politicians than the entire provincial legislature – are actually paid, Grumpy Taxpayer$ has compiled two pay spreadsheets:

CRD Municipal Director and Alternate Compensation 2016.

“The pay for local politicians is difficult to determine and it can add to a tidy sum,” says Stan Bartlett, Chair of Grumpy Taxpayer$. “Taxpayers need to know how much everyone is paid, considering that an election is Oct. 20 and some councils are reviewing their salaries.”

“Many mayors and counselors find their total compensation is based on the complexity of our governance structure, a fact which places them in a conflict of financial interest when service integration issues, like policing in the CRD, actually are raised to the level of real regional dialogue.”

Councils in Esquimalt and Central Saanich have summary reviews and discussions underway. Any salary increases in Central Saanich approved tonight would be if effect after the Oct. 20 municipal election.

The 13 mayors and 78 councillors get an annual salary for their efforts, but in addition 24 of those are also paid to sit on the Capital Regional District board, plus another 13 receive pay as alternate directors.

It’s beyond our scope to add everything since councillors are also paid varying amounts to represent their municipality on various boards, commissions, authorities, or for showing up at a meeting. Depending on the jurisdiction, some mayors and councillors may get a benefit package for such things as life and health insurance. Therefore, totals don’t include any non monetary benefits.

The figures in the financial statements are from most recent period available, the calendar year 2016, so some salaries could have been adjusted since for inflation.

Since the tax break for municipal politicians will be eliminated by the federal government  in 2019 – one third of compensation is now a tax free allowance –  some regional politicians are looking at increasing their pay to make up the difference.
Available for Media Interviews:
Stan Bartlett, Chair, Grumpy Taxpayer$


John Treleaven, 1st Vice-chair, Grumpy Taxpayer$
250.656.7899, cell 250.588.7899
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